Animal welfare activist N S Pravalika named the Samskruthy township president, Bal Reddy and secretary Pailla Janardan Reddy as persons behind the alleged crime.

After activists complaint Hyd police search Infosys campus for poisoned dogs
news Animal welfare Tuesday, October 09, 2018 - 10:59

Rachakonda Police on Sunday entered the Infosys campus in search of carcasses of dogs allegedly poisoned by the Samskruthy township administrators but found nothing. A city-based animal welfare activist had filed a complaint alleging that 100 community dogs were poisoned in the township, adjoining the Infosys campus, by the township staff.

In her written complaint to the Ghatkesar police, N S Pravalika of Compassionate Society for Animals had named the Samskruthy township president, Bal Reddy and secretary Pailla Janardan Reddy as persons behind the alleged crime. She accuses the duo of hiring dog killers from Kakinada and Ongole from Andhra Pradesh and killing dogs by injecting them with poison on October 5. She claims the poisoning was carried out under the supervision of night security in charge Venkatesh and Nagaraju.

Pravalika says in her complaint that eyewitnesses saw the security guards wearing gloves and collecting the dogs’ carcasses. 

Speaking to TNM earlier, Pravalika said, “It was a pre-planned murder. The locals told me that the dog killers used injections and waited for them to die, and cleared the bodies. They left no traces. They knew that if the bodies were left there, an autopsy would be conducted. It would reveal that they were poisoned. They planned it well.”

Pravalika was tipped off by a Telugu newspaper reporter Ramakrishna about the alleged crime and says she did her own investigation before approaching the Ghatkesar police. The police had initially refused to accept the FIR citing lack of evidence. The activist, however, alleges that the carcasses were disposed of using garbage vans before anyone could notice and raise an alarm

After conducting a preliminary investigation, the Ghatkesar police officials told Times of India, “We have visited the Infosys campus to check if there are any bodies of poisoned dogs but did not find any such evidence. We are still investigating the case.”

Killing animals using poison is a violation under the Prevention to Cruelty to Animals Act 1960. Under section 11 of the Act, causing harm by injecting or by serving food laced with poison is illegal. However, the crime invites just Rs 100 fine and/or up to three months in jail.

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